Jay Farber: “I’m Buying a Ferrari… And an Aston Martin for My Father”

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One of the perks of finishing second in the World Series of Poker Main Event for over $5 million is the opportunity for TMZ to hound you. Such is the life of Jay Farber(pictured), who finished second to Ryan Riessafter a three-and-a-half hour heads-up session last week in Las Vegas. Watch the interview.

“He won at life. I just got second,” Farber joked to TMZ, who caught him on the side of the road as he was exiting a posh sports car at Hooray Henry’s in West Hollywood. He entered the 2013 WSOP November Nine in fourth place on the leaderboard at a hair under 26 million in chips, about 12 million less than chip leader JC Tran.

“It’s not about the money really,” Farber responded when asked for his thoughts on finishing in second place for over $5 million. “I mean, the money’s nice and all. When you make it that far, you just want to win.” The 2013 WSOP Main Event marked Farber’s first career live tournament cash in the Hendon Mob database.

Farber was spotted with and without sunglasses at this year’s Main Event, opting for both options. We’ve had a few PocketFivers express their disdain for the eyewear, but Farber told TMZ that he’s largely tolerable of opponents wearing sunglasses: “I’m of the belief that it’s a crutch in some situations for weaker players. I don’t mind when people wear sunglasses. I wore them for part of the tournament and part I didn’t… A lot of less experienced players like to wear them. They feel like they give something away with their eyes like a physical tell.”

How did Farber get paid? Did the Rio hand him a check for $5 million? Did he walk away with a million red $5 chips? “We could have gotten paid however we wanted,” Farber relayed to TMZ. “I would have felt really weird walking around with $5 million in cash. It was nice to look at, but I don’t want to walk out carrying a bag. That’s a big liability.” He currently has a bodyguard.

What does Farber plan to do with $5 million? He is definitely not thinking small, telling the gossip outlet, “I’m buying a Ferrari, and a house, and an Aston Martin for my father.”

Congrats to Farber and the other 2013 WSOP November Nine members.

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30 COMMENTS

    • its clear he doesnt care about the money. from looking at his watch at the final table, dude must be pretty loaded anyway. he must get huge tips being a VIP host.

    • It doesn’t sound like he’s going to get a sunglass endorsement anytime soon. Although, Forrest Gump did get the “Flexolite” ping pong paddle endorsement…so who knows?

    • its clear he doesnt care about the money. from looking at his watch at the final table, dude must be pretty loaded anyway. he must get huge tips being a VIP host.

      He prolly bought it with the 9th place money they were already awarded…

      I have a feeling this dude is gonna make Antoine Walker look like Warren Buffett by the time (which won’t be long) he’s done blowin through all this money

    • He’s getting about 3 plus million from winnings after taxes and those 2 cars alone will be about 500k and a house is about 1million so right there thats half of his winnings. The biggest money he will get is endorsement deals.. these winnings at the ME is pocket change really. A great investment would be to buy 50000 shares of Twitter and he will double his return in no time.

      http://www.pokerupdate.com/news/business-and-finance/wsop-november-nine-the-real-net-winning-list-irs-tops-riess-in-the-cash-leaderboard/

    • He definitely didn’t have 100% of himself either. Seen a screenshot on twitter of a message he sent to Cloutier saying he still had 40% of himself to sell if he wanted it.

    • yea but if his is a VIP boss im sure he makes enough money anyways… unless he quits his day job and goes full poker (which i doubt)

      we’ll see

    • He’s getting about 3 plus million from winnings after taxes and those 2 cars alone will be about 500k and a house is about 1million so right there thats half of his winnings. The biggest money he will get is endorsement deals.. these winnings at the ME is pocket change really. A great investment would be to buy 50000 shares of Twitter and he will double his return in no time.

      http://www.pokerupdate.com/news/business-and-finance/wsop-november-nine-the-real-net-winning-list-irs-tops-riess-in-the-cash-leaderboard/

      what about his backers. I remember hearing Shaun Deeb had a piece of him.

      And what the hell does he need a bodyguard for. Seriously you finish 2nd in the wsop your not gonna need a bodyguard.


    • “I would have felt really weird walking around with $5 million in cash”

      specially if it was all in 1 dollar bills!!!!

    • what about his backers. I remember hearing Shaun Deeb had a piece of him.

      And what the hell does he need a bodyguard for. Seriously you finish 2nd in the wsop your not gonna need a bodyguard.

      And have you seen those fkn arms, i mean bejesus who is gonna mess with him?

    • What do you guys think of sunglasses? I do not play so much live poker but it seems its not cool to wear them but that will not stop me wearing them.

      http://www.jaredhubbard.com/blog/wearing-sunglasses-in-live-poker/

    • And have you seen those fkn arms, i mean bejesus who is gonna mess with him?

      His comment about having a bodyguard really stuck out to me. Of course you can never judge a book by its cover but, looking at the guy, he’s fairly well built and looks as if he could take care of himself.
      Maybe the bodyguard situation doesn’t have anything to do with his 2nd place finish in the main event at all. Maybe he’s had that bodyguard for quite sometime and his comments about money not meaning a lot gives away the fact that, he’s actually a secret drug lord and mega rich or something similar. Maybe he’s seen his WSOP success as an oppourtunity to buy expensive things under the disguise of using poker winnings, when in fact he’s actually laundering his ill gotten gains. Maybe I watch too many movies…LOL

    • His comment about having a bodyguard really stuck out to me. Of course you can never judge a book by its cover but, looking at the guy, he’s fairly well built and looks as if he could take care of himself.
      Maybe the bodyguard situation doesn’t have anything to do with his 2nd place finish in the main event at all. Maybe he’s had that bodyguard for quite sometime and his comments about money not meaning a lot gives away the fact that, he’s actually a secret drug lord and mega rich or something similar. Maybe he’s seen his WSOP success as an oppourtunity to buy expensive things under the disguise of using poker winnings, when in fact he’s actually laundering his ill gotten gains. Maybe I watch too many movies…LOL

      Yeah maybe you do!

    • So thats:BackersTax (39%): 2millionhouse: XFerrari: 150KAston martin: 150KAnd everything else…So whats left?

    • what about his backers. I remember hearing Shaun Deeb had a piece of him.

      And what the hell does he need a bodyguard for. Seriously you finish 2nd in the wsop your not gonna need a bodyguard.

      I think a few people had some of his action.

      But i wouldnt say 2nd place money is chump change. life changing money if you’re not a spewtard.

    • Farber’s arms will certainly be larger than his bodyguard’s arms. Farber will wind up protecting his bodyguard from evil-doers.

    • well when you say you’re going to buy a house it sounds like you havnt bought one yet

      a Ferrari is just ridiculous,insurance on that thing is ridiculous.

      you buy a Ferrari when you have a lot more money than that

      buying a house is smart, no doubt there . Of course you cant pull up in a Ferrari to a 250k house
      that would look bad on his image

      since he felt the need to hire a bodyguard

      does this mean driving a Ferrari is less concerning

      when out and about in public

      I think he will have a bodyguard follow him on his Ferrari driving days

      lmao maybe just keep it in the garage.

      why not just buy yourself a bad ass car and customize it a lil bit

      u will still have tons of money left over vs the Ferrari thought

      can buy a few cars that are nice and an RV fk it

      buy a bad ass attack dog that is trained in a different language from a superior dog trainer

      take him with u everywhere

      have

    • He’s getting about 3 plus million from winnings after taxes and those 2 cars alone will be about 500k and a house is about 1million so right there thats half of his winnings. The biggest money he will get is endorsement deals.. these winnings at the ME is pocket change really. A great investment would be to buy 50000 shares of Twitter and he will double his return in no time.

      http://www.pokerupdate.com/news/business-and-finance/wsop-november-nine-the-real-net-winning-list-irs-tops-riess-in-the-cash-leaderboard/

      Taxes plus he did have backers from what I read. Endorsement money? From where? He lives in California and online poker is still pretty much dead in the water here in the USA, so where exactly is this guy going to get endorsements from?